Guilford College is experiencing an exciting period of renewal and re-envisioning. I accepted the opportunity to join this great community in 2014 because I feel called to be Guilford’s president. I’m passionate about the unlimited potential of the College and its graduates to positively impact the world.
My commitment to our students, faculty and staff is that Guilford will have the resources to sustain an excellent and practical liberal arts education in the Quaker tradition and to make it accessible to every student who would benefit from it. To do so, we need support from you and a growing number of believers and investors in our mission.
As a donor to the College, you are enhancing Guilford’s ability to do what it does uniquely well: provide students an entrée into the knowledge accumulated throughout history as well as the practical application of that knowledge to solving real-world problems. Be assured, the liberal arts education students acquire at Guilford is the best kind of career preparation possible.
In my first two years as president, we have realigned our expenses with available and anticipated resources to produce a balanced budget that is the foundation for our financial credibility. By our actions, we will be known as careful stewards of our resources. With healthy enrollment and vigorous fundraising, we will make Guilford vital and sustainable for the future.
Our goal is to be a small college of distinction doing a few things splendidly.
Guilford is moving in the right direction. As a College, we have an uncommon opportunity to adapt to an ever-changing world, to revitalize and enhance the ways in which our core values permeate and sustain the distinctive form of principled, practical, integrative liberal arts that transforms lives and improves community.
A gift to Guilford College may be the wisest investment you make this year. I am counting on your support, active engagement and encouragement as we position Guilford to succeed in its mission for generations to come.
Jane K. Fernandes